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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Dorothy R. Messina
August 19, 1934 - March 14, 2020


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Donation - Jefferson Health Hospice at Warminster - Abington Health Foundation - 1200 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001 - 215-481-4438 - Map

Dorothy R. Messina of Hatboro, Pennsylvania died Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Jefferson Health Hospice at Warminster. She was 85 years old. Dorothy was born August 19, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late John Vosseler and the late Frida Rose Vosseler (nee - Duerring). She is the beloved wife of the late Richard C. Messina and the late Richard Lee Pendleton; mother of Carol Messner and her husband Richard, Linda Gallagher and her husband Joseph, and Matt Messina and his wife Jeanette, John Pendleton and his wife Denise, David Pendleton and his wife Deb, Laura Pendleton, Greg Pendleton, Wilson Douglas Pendleton and his wife Gail; grandmother of Christine Young and her husband Michael, Rachel MacFarlane and her husband Alan, Brian Messner and his wife Danielle, Daniel Messner, Annamarie Messina, Shyanne Bruno, Carley Messina, Stephanie, Kristina, Emma, Evan, Jacob, Jack, Cara, Tom and his wife Tina, Tim, Kirstin; great grandmother of Isla Rose, Ava Rose, Elysia, Gianna, Jacob, Tyler, Jackson, Tommy, Evie, and Aiden; sister of Harry Vosseler and his wife Toni.

Dorothy was raised and educated in the Willow Grove area. She was a graduate of Upper Moreland High School. She started her career as an operator for Bell Telephone. She later went to work at Messina’s Market in Willow Grove. It is here that she met Richard Messina. The two fell in love and were married and continued to raise their family while continuing the family business that was a staple in Willow Grove from 1936 to 2001. After her husband’s passing in 1986, Dorothy continued working at the Market. She later met a customer, Richard Pendleton, who would later become her husband and the two would start the second chapter of their lives together. After the closure of the market, Dorothy refused to sit still and went to work at the YMCA in Hatboro at the front desk. She was an avid reader, loved walking on the beach collecting seashells, was a scrabble master, and enjoyed crossword puzzles. She was active right up to the end and will be missed greatly by those who love her.

Her services will be private at the family request.

Donations may be made in her memory to Jefferson Health Hospice at Warminster - Abington Health Foundation, 1200 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001.

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